- Title: USA: Sony's Playstation 4 goes on sale in the U.S.
- Date: 15th November 2013
- Summary: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 14, 2013) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN LINE TO BUY PLAYSTATION 4 (SOUNDBITE) (English) JIM HARRISON, PLAYSTATION FAN WHO WORKS IN FILM INDUSTRY, SAYING: "I have been in line for 10 hours since two o' clock today. I am in line because I am a huge Sony PlayStation fan and I am excited about this new crop of consoles." (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARRY MCDUFFIE, PLAYSTATION FAN AND BLOGGER, SAYING: "I am buying two PS4s. That right there shows how much I wanted this." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGUEL ALONZO, PLAYSTATION FAN AND BUTCHER, SAYING: "I am excited about PlayStation 4. It's finally here and I have kind of been a loyal Sony fan. I mean, Sony has done so many great things for me for every gamer to not be excited - you've got a whole bunch of things that are coming with the PS 4 and it's just here. Finally." MORE OF LINE NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 15, 2013) (REUTERS) JOEY CHIU, FIRST IN LINE TO BUY PLAYSTATION 4 AT REGISTER CHIU RECEIVING PLAYSTATION 4 CHIU HOLDING PLAYSTATION 4 (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOEY CHIU, FIRST PERSON TO BUY PLAYSTATION 4, SAYING: "Really I am so happy but I am just as about happy as everybody else here at this launch event who is getting their PS4 for the first time." MORE OF CHIU HOLDING PLAYSTATION 4 GAMERS TALKING TO ANDREW HOUSE, GROUP CEO OF SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT HOUSE SIGNING PLAYSTATION 4 CONSOLE (SOUNDBITE) (English) RAY MCLEAN, PLAYSTATION ENTHUSIAST, SAYING: "It was my lovely idea to have the VP's of Sony sign our systems." WOMAN LEAVING REGISTER WITH PLAYSTATION 4 CREDIT CARD VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PICKING UP PLAYSTATION 4 EXTERIOR OF STANDARD HOTEL PROJECTOR MORE OF HOTEL
- Embargoed: 30th November 2013 12:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Technology
- Reuters ID: LVACVEWZ9197CL5J030LKSTKCCQO
- Story Text: Sony's newest gaming console PlayStation 4 (PS4) hit U.S. stores on Friday (November 15) on midnight.
The Japanese tech giant held an official launch party in New York at the Standard Hotel in the trendy Meatpacking District. Hundreds of fans lined up for hours to get their hands on what Sony calls "the most powerful gaming console to ever hit the market."
Among them braving the cold was Jim Harrison who said he had been in line for 10 hours.
"I am a huge Sony PlayStation fan and I am excited about this new crop of consoles," he told Reuters.
Another gamer, Miguel Alonzo said that he was a loyal Sony customer.
"Sony has done so many great things for me for every gamer to not be excited - you've got a whole bunch of things that are coming with the PS 4 and it's just here. Finally."
The PS4 comes with improved graphics for realistic effects, processors that allow faster game play and a slew of exclusive video games. It also has better streaming capabilities for online gaming, and has features linking the device with social media so that users can share game play video and images with their friends.
It is equipped with a 500GB hard drive and 8GB of memory.
Joey Chiu was the first to buy the console at the official launching event. He said that he was very happy about his new purchase, "just as about happy as everybody else here at this launch event who is getting their PS4 for the first time."
The PS4 is priced in the U.S. at $399 (USD). After Friday's North America launch, the PS4 will go on sale in other regions including Europe, Australia and South America from November 29 - all in time for the busy pre-Christmas season. The device will be released in Japan in February.
Rival Microsoft's latest console Xbox One will go on sale next week Friday (November 22).
Sony said that it has received more than 1 million advance orders for the PS4 while Microsoft has revealed only that advance orders for the Xbox One exceeded those of its predecessor, the 360, eight years ago.
Their predecessors, the Xbox 360, launched in 2005, and the PlayStation 3, released the following year, have each racked up lifetime sales of about 80 million consoles.
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